Alan Wake

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Alan Wake
Alan Wake cover
Remedy Entertainment
Windows Nitro Games
Nordic Games
Release dates
Windows February 16, 2012
Alan Wake at Wikipedia
Alan Wake
Alan Wake 2012
Alan Wake's American Nightmare 2012

General information

Official forums Community Discussions for game series Support Page
Steam Community Discussions


Source DRM Notes Keys OS
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The bonus content of the Collector's Edition can be found in the installation folder of the game.
The game was pulled from sale on May 15, 2017 due to expiring music licenses.[1]

Downloadable content (DLC) and expansions

Base game includes all DLC released for the Xbox 360 version.
Name Notes
Alan Wake Collector's Edition Extras
Alan Wake Bonus Materials Free

Essential improvements[edit]

Skip intro videos[edit]

Delete/rename video files[citation needed]
  1. Go to <path-to-game>\data\videos\
  2. Delete or rename startup_mgs.bik and startup_remedy.bik

Game data[edit]

Configuration file(s) and save game data location[edit]

System Location
Windows %USERPROFILE%\Documents\Remedy\AlanWake
Steam <Steam-folder>\userdata\<user-id>\108710
resolution.xml controls screen resolution as well as debugging information.

Save game cloud syncing[edit]

System Native Notes
GOG Galaxy
Steam Cloud

Video settings[edit]

Graphics settings.
Graphics settings.
Advanced options for graphics.
Advanced options for graphics.
Graphics option Option WSGF Notes
Widescreen resolution
4K Ultra HD
Field of view (FOV)
See Field of view (FOV).
Borderless fullscreen windowed
Anisotropic filtering (AF)
Up to 16 samples.
Anti-aliasing (AA)
Cannot be switched off as an option. 2x MSAA is the minimum.
Vertical sync (Vsync)
60 FPS
120+ FPS
No frame rate or refresh rate cap.[2]

Field of view (FOV)[edit]

Suggested values by aspect ratio:
Aspect Ratio FOV
16:9, 16:10, 15:9 FOV 11
21:9 (2560x1080) FOV 13
15:4 (3840x1024) FOV 15
48:10 (5040x1050) FOV 19
48:9 (5760x1080) FOV 20

Input settings[edit]

Controls settings.
Controls settings.
Keyboard and mouse Native Notes
Enter and ← Backspace cannot be bound. See Binding Enter or Backspace to actions
Mouse acceleration
On by default. Enable Direct Aiming in the controls to disable it.
Mouse sensitivity
Mouse input in menus
Mouse Y-axis inversion
Controller support
XInput controllers only.
Full controller support
Controller remapping
Two layouts only.
Controller sensitivity
Controller Y-axis inversion
Additional information
Button prompts
Controller hotplugging
Haptic feedback
Simultaneous controller+KB/M
Rapidly changes button prompts

Binding Enter or Backspace to actions[edit]

Edit keybinds.xml[citation needed]
  1. Go to the configuration file(s) location.
  2. Open keybinds.xml.
  3. For the action you want to set to Enter use key="0x1c", or use key="0x0e" to set to ← Backspace.

Audio settings[edit]

Audio options Native Notes
Separate volume controls
Separate controls for music, effects, speech, and cinematic.
Surround sound
Auto configures up to 7.1 output[3]
Closed captions
Mute on focus lost


Language UI Audio Sub Notes
Traditional Chinese
Includes localization for Spain and Latin American[4] countries.
Fan translation.

Latin American Spanish localization[edit]

Features its own dubbing.
Configure the game in Latin American Spanish[5]
  1. Download the language pack.
  2. Extract the files to <path-to-game>/data/.
  3. Right-click on Alan Wake - Properties.
  4. Click Set Launch Options on the General tab.
  5. Enter this command: -locale=esm

VR support[edit]

3D modes Native GG3D Notes
Native 3D
Nvidia 3D Vision
Use Helix Mod: Alan Wake for better 3D support.
TriDef 3D

Issues unresolved[edit]

Commentary audio volume too high[edit]

The volume for audio commentary cannot be changed and may be too high for some users. It was lowered slightly in 1.02 to be "more sensible".

Issues fixed[edit]

Everything is black and white on Intel graphics[edit]

This glitch causes all the graphics in the game to appear white, black and dark grey, while all the lighting and shadows seem to work.
This occurs on (even slightly) older Intel graphics drivers (confirmed with the one that ships with Apple's Boot Camp drivers for Windows 8).
Update graphics driver[citation needed]
Download and install the appropriate driver for your graphics adapter and OS from Intel's Download Center.

"No World Loaded" error[edit]

This is caused by a corrupted download.
Fix corrupted files[citation needed]
Use the Steam client's "Verify Integrity of Game Cache" option or redownload the game installer from

Nvidia Control Panel forced anisotropic filtering disables "darkness effect"[edit]

On Nvidia cards, if anisotropic filtering is forced through Nvidia Control Panel, "darkness effect" post processing (swirls, blur) is missing. Issue is solved by changing AF in Nvidia Control Panel to application controlled and enabling 16x anisotropic filtering in the game options.

Black cutscenes[edit]

Use the ingame Vsync and force Vsync through drivers[6]

Other information[edit]

Disabling blur effects[edit]

Turn all blur effects off[citation needed]

Start the game with the command line parameter -noblur.

Turn only motion blur off[citation needed]
  1. Download this archive and unpack it.
  2. Copy VectorBlur.obj to <path-to-game>/shaders/build/pc/

Command line parameters[edit]

Set these parameters to change certain hidden settings or force different options at start-up.[7]

Command Description
-hX Screen height (e.g. -h720).
-wX Screen width (e.g. -w1280).
-window Force windowed.
-novsync Disables Vsync.
-showfps Shows frame rate counter.
-forcesurround Forces 5.1 speaker mode.
-forcestereo Forces stereo speaker mode.
-nosound Disables sound.
-cleancloud Deletes save games and settings for Alan Wake from the Steam Cloud.
-noblur Disables the in-game vector blur.
-locale=xx Forces a selected locale.
-rigidcamera Modifies mouse aim behavior.
-directaiming Removes all mouse acceleration, also enables -rigidcamera.
-sensscale mouse sensitivity multiplier (e.g. -sensscale=0.123)
-nativekeys Fixes Windows language bar or input language disappearance.
-developermenu Unlocks all episodes and allows you to play at Nightmare difficulty without completing the game first on lower difficulties.
-freecamera Pressing the right thumb stick enables/disables freecamera mode. There is no keyboard switch.


Normal difficulty on the PC version is the same as the Hard difficulty in the console version.[8]


Technical specs Supported Notes
64-bit executable

System requirements[edit]

Minimum Recommended
Operating system (OS) XP SP2 7
Processor (CPU) 2 GHz Dual core 2.66 GHz Quad core
System memory (RAM) 2 GB 4 GB
Hard disk drive (HDD) 8 GB
Video card (GPU) 512 MB of VRAM
DirectX 9.0c compatible
AMD Radeon 4890
Nvidia GeForce GTX260
1 GB of VRAM


  1. Remedy Entertainment on Twitter
  2. New 120Hz Games Report
  3. PC Gaming Surround Sound Round-up
  4. Latin American Spanish Language Pack is available - Remedy Community Forums
  6. Black cutscenes issue
  7. Alan Wake PC Support FAQ and Known Issues FAQ - Steam Users' Forums (retrieved)